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author: Agnes Adamus

Rockstar's Official Explanation for GTA 4 Disappearance From Steam

We've learned the reason why GTA IV can no longer be bought on Steam. It turns out that the fact that the PC version of the game was created for the now-unsupported Games for Windows Live platform is to blame. Currently Rockstar Games is looking for a solution to this situation.

We have learned the reasons why the sale of GTA IV has been stopped.

Two days ago we wrote about the suspension of GTA IV sales on Steam. Today, we have learned the reason for this. As it turns out, the blame for the situation lies in the already defunct Games for Windows Live platform, for which the PC version of the hit from Rockstar was originally created. The studio representatives ensure that they are looking for a solution.

The Verge was informed about this by a Rockstar spokesperson. They admitted that the lack of support for Games for Windows Live made it impossible to generate keys for GTA IV and continue selling it.

Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can.”

Anyone interested in purchasing GTA IV at this point in time can only wait for the game to return to sale. It is not known how long it will take to deal with the problem.

It is worth mentioning that Games for Windows Live was a digital distribution platform developed by Microsoft. In 2013, the Redmond giant slowly began to stop supporting it, starting with the closure of the Marketplace. Since then, some games (including, among others, BioShock 2) have received updates, making them independent of the dying service.

Agnes Adamus

Agnes Adamus

On paper, a medical physicist. In reality, however, a humanist who has loved games since childhood. With this passion, she decided to try her hand at writing for a broader audience. She has been affiliated with Gamepressure since 2017. She started in the guides, now mainly writing for the newsroom, encyclopedia and marketing. Self-proclaimed specialist in free-to-play games. She loves strategy, simulators, RPGs and horror games. She also has a soft spot for online games. She has spent an immodest amount of hours in Dead by Daylight and Rainbow Six: Siege. In addition, she also enjoys watching horror movies (the worse they are, the better) and listening to music. Her greatest passion, however, is trains.


Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV

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